Crown Oaks Day is the race day that’s all about the ladies, and some of our favourite stars have returned to Flemington Racecourse or made their way there for the first time this Spring racing season. Myer’s stable of ambassadors, Jennifer Hawkins, Kris Smith and Rebecca Judd, made a very good-looking trio, and Ricki-Lee prepared to perform at one of the marquees. Just as the Melbourne Cup had some international star power thanks to Hollywood actresses Mischa Barton and Ashley Madekwe, Oaks Day's special guests include Kim Cattrall and Mena Suvari. Step inside to see all the glamour from Crown Oaks Day!
The Melbourne Cup takes place tomorrow, and over the years the race that stops the nation has attracted Aussie stars and international talent to Flemington Racecourse. Since landing her gig as a Myer ambassador, Jennifer Hawkins has been a staple at the VIP marquees, while race royalty Kate Waterhouse has grown up trackside, supporting her mother, horse trainer Gai Waterhouse, year after year. Visiting celebrities have included Chloë Sevigny, Snoop Dogg, Good Charlotte, Louise Roe and Enrique Iglesias — this year we welcome stars including Mischa Barton and Revenge star Ashley Madekwe — and homegrown talent such as Liam Hemsworth, Sophie Monk and Melissa George have enjoyed days down by the track when they’ve been in town. Before we get into the racing spirit tomorrow, take a trip down memory lane with celebrity snaps from past Melbourne Cups!
Jesinta Campbell and Rebecca Judd were among the stars who attended the launch of the G.H. Mumm Spring Carnival Champagne Bar yesterday. The event was held at The West End at Crown and it also attracted Michala Banas, Tim Campbell, Anthony Callea and Shane Warne. Jesinta’s been a busy girl this Spring racing season and she got involved as the fashion and social ambassador for the BMW Caulfield Cup, which was held almost two weeks ago. Rebecca has been Myer’s racing ambassador for years but is unsure whether it’s a role she’ll be continuing, telling The Australian, “It's hard to outline formally at this stage what my capacity will be. Early negotiations look like I'll be doing some great things with them next year.”
A day at the races is a truly fabulous reason to frock up, but along with the hat, heel and horse-related choices there are some rather important dress codes to contend with. To set the record straight on everything from this season's biggest racing trends to what sort-of-hat to wear with what-sort-of-dress, we enlisted the expertise of Westfield's head stylist Ken Thompson. Combined with some of our favourite celebrity looks from the Spring Carnival's biggest race days so far, consider this the only form guide you'll be needing. Ready, set? Go!
What are your hard and fast rules for getting it right at the races?
- Think Spring! It's all about sorbet colours.
- To-the-knee outfits and straw or light-weight head-pieces are de rigueur.
- This is the season of tailoring — a beautifully fitted jacket will be one of the strongest looks this season.
- Know how to dress for your body shape. To get it right, use the Westfield Body Shape Calculator.
Yes, you read that heading right — we've got twenty hand-picked, carefully chosen black and white dresses, perfect for Saturday's Derby Day, ready and waiting for your perusal. If you don't already have your 'fit sorted, we thought you may need a super-sized shopping gallery to ensure you find (and buy) something in time for the the weekend. From snappy stripes to modern graphics, pretty polkadots to minimalist colour-blocking, we've covered all your monochrome bases. Now all you need is something chic for your head, a clutch and the perfect pointy toed pump. Luckily for you we've done our homework on those fronts, too!
Caulfield Cup. Derby Day. Melbourne Cup — and more. We're in the middle of Spring racing season, and with so many events coming up it can be hard to tell the difference between the different race days. Which one has a black and white dress code? Which one is all about the ladies? We know which race "stops the nation," but it's time to refresh what the other days stand for. And if you're planning to spend a day at the races soon, make sure you check out our fashion picks and beauty prep tips before the events!
Despite the rainy weather yesterday Royal Randwick was the place to be, with many Aussie celebrities getting glam for a day out on the horses for the Epsom Day Cup. Glenn McGrath and his wife Sara Leonardi-McGrath joined racing royalty Kate Waterhouse and her husband Luke Ricketson, while Aussie glamours Terry Biviano, Kate Ritchie and Zoe Balbi all upped the style stakes. Click through the gallery to see who else was there and check out all the pics!
Are you ready for the Spring racing carnival? No? Well, this should get you off to a stylish start. If there's one top-line trend that will make its presence known trackside this season, it's colour — with a capital C! Stores are jam-packed with hot-hued frocks and punchy headwear options right now, so we've done the footwork for you and narrowed it down to a field of favourites. Whether you're partial to a spot of pastel, or perhaps can't go past a hint of notice-me-neon, we've figured out five of the chicest colour combinations for a day at the races. Fashions on the field, here you come!
Start your races engines ladies! The Spring Carnival is just around the corner. To get you up to speed with what to wear when hitting the track this season, we thought we'd take the top-line trends and chicest looks from yesterday's Melbourne David Jones Spring racewear launch. Spring Carnival ambassador Jesinta Campbell was on catwalking duty, as was Samantha Harris, with racing doyenne Gai Waterhouse sitting f'rowside. Pastel-worn-on-pastel was a strong look (opt for opposing shades in the same vibrancy and look to camilla and marc and Willow for the prettiest shades), as were ladylike dresses in modern graphics — like those fabulous photographic prints by Josh Goot. The last big ticket trend? A feminine take on menswear; with suiting softened by floral prints which were elegantly executed by Lover and Thurley, or via sculptural detailing like that of Carl Kapp. For headwear neat, pill-box shapes are a sure-bet in high-impact shapes and hues. Fedoras are a perfect finish for a mannish ensemble, and dainty cloche hats will make a vintage-inspired top note. Get up to speed on what to wear trackside, this season . . .
Jennifer Hawkins took to the runway to celebrate 50 years of Fashions on the Field with Myer yesterday. She modelled Melissa Jackson millinery, her own JLH heels and a stunning lace creation from Ellery, expressing her love for the Australian designer on Twitter. Myer racing ambassador Rebecca Judd opened the show in Toni Maticevski and Phillip Rhodes millinery, while fellow Kris Smith looked sharp in a Dom Bagnato suit. They were joined by models who showcased designs by the likes of Aurelio Costarello, Jayson Brunsdon and Magdalena Velevska at the intimate event held inside Myer’s Mural Hall at the Bourke Street store.
Retail giant Myer have kept Jennifer and Kris busy over the past few weeks. They were front and centre at Myer’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection launch two weeks ago, and returned to the catwalk for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Sydney last week.
Photos courtesy of Lucas Dawson